Today, Kensington Palace announced that Princess Charlotte’s christening will take place at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on July 5th. This is the same place of worship Her Majesty attends while staying at her Sandringham estate, and the royal family gathers here for Christmas service here every year. The Church is also conveniently located near the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s country home, Anmer Hall.
The date was most likely selected because it precedes the Queen’s holiday in Balmoral, which she takes from mid-July to October each year.
Charlotte will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. She will wear a replica of the Honiton lace gown worn first worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest child, also by her older brother and cousins, Savannah and Isla Phillips, as well as Viscount Severn, Prince Edward’s son.
The original gown was last worn by Lady Louise Windsor, but Her Majesty feared the historic and delicate gown wouldn’t survive more wear and tear, so she had her personal dressmaker, Angela Kelly, design a copy for future royal children.
Charlotte will be just over two months when her christening takes place. The godparents have not yet been announced, but it’s customary for royals to have at least six, three godmothers and three godfathers. Prince George actually has seven: Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Prince William’s cousin, Zara Tindall.
No doubt George will busy himself during this religious occasion, as his father did during Harry’s christening in 1984: